WAYNE Bennett unleashed a blistering attack on critics calling for his head after naming just one forced change to Australia's starting line-up for the second match of the Tri-Nations series on Friday night.
TRENT Barrett says he's happy to play anywhere after being recalled to the Australian rugby league team for the first time in three years.
STEVE Price returned "home" to enemy territory fearing an even hungrier New Zealand side would front up to the world champions in Friday night's second Tri-Nations match in Auckland.
STACEY Jones played his first match for the Kiwis last Saturday night after two years of international retirement and helped direct the Kiwi team to a memorable 38-28 win at Telstra Stadium.
LANCE Hohaia is set to tour with the Kiwis' for the English leg of the Tri-Nations rugby league series after favourable results from a scan today.
INJURED Kiwi hooker Lance Hohaia has to await scans on his lower leg after being stretched off Telstra Stadium on Saturday night.
KIWI five-eighth, Nigel Vagana, is free to play in Friday's return Tri-Nations match in Auckland after being cleared of a dangerous throw charge on Saturday night.
KIWI coach Brian McClennan returned fire on claims his debutant wingers would be easy targets in Saturday night's Tri-Nations opener, suggesting Australia's flankers were a weakness for his side to exploit.
PAPUA New Guinea was celebrating after the national side scored a stunning win over the cream of the NRL's emerging talent in Darwin.
TWO English-based former New Zealand internationals will shore up the Kiwis rugby league squad ahead of the Tri-Nations opening match against the Kangaroos on October 15.